Time Management


By: Cheryl Adelman Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers

Morning ritual

A mindful transition from waking to working brings a high level of effectiveness to your entire day. Most successful people practice meditation, read, journal, and/or exercise. Then, they approach the day consciously.

Prioritized to-do list

Tim Ferris asks this question, “What if I just do ONE  thing today? Which, if done, will make everything else easier or irrelevant? Do that first, then recalibrate.


Distractions: unrelated contacts, interruptions, meetings with neither clear goals nor an end time, worry, multi tasking.


Developing your ability to say, “no” or “not right now” brings self respect, and results.

Brene Brown suggests, “Ask yourself if you are resentful because you’re not setting or holding a boundary? You may feel counterproductive and—despite your best efforts—unfocused.”

You can control your focus, with practice. The people around you will adjust, maybe even be influenced.

Efficient does not equal effective

Peter Drucker, author of the classic, “The Effective Executive” and known as the founder of modern management, teaches that “Effective is more important than efficient!” He explains how completing tasks doesn’t necessarily accomplish goals.

Stay on track

“We all get frustrated on the journey to producing the work we need to produce. It’s essential to ask: Am I frustrated because the work is tedious? The progress is slow? Or, am I frustrated because I’m not heading in the right direction? It’s a crucial distinction to understand.” Strauss Zelnick, who founded Zelnick Media Group (ZMC) in 2001.

Accomplish more

Tim Ferriss promotes single tasking as “a Superpower in this time of distractions and multi tasking.” By doing one thing, then the next – in sequence, with focus, he, and other productivity experts, conclude, we’re absolutely more effective and less stressed.

When overwhelmed

Eric Ripert, an Emmy Award winner, bestselling author, world class chef,  shares “In stressful moments, I try to take distance from the situation, take time to reflect. Whatever the problem, I typically ask myself, ‘Am I able to make a difference right now?’ If I don’t see a clear way to make a positive contribution, I reflect further. I think that patience in problem-solving can often be underrated.”

Worrying does not help. The antidote is deliberate action. Answers and direction will be revealed as you work.

Include self care in your schedule 

Choose and prepare the best foods possible. Allow yourself the circumstances to get good sleep.

Plan a rational system for contact with loved ones. Do stretching and cardio activities you enjoy.

Avoid burnout by taking leisure time daily, weekly, yearly. Burnout leads to bad decisions, declining health and decreased enthusiasm.

Practicing these Time Management skills will elevate effectiveness, reduce stress, increase happiness! Slowly ease into changes one at a time.

Cheryl Edelman Home Organizer, Writer, Speaker Owner, Organize In A Day™

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